It's love that makes the world go round."- Ancient DittyEnergy makes the world go round.ENERGY explains EVERYTHING."WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGYThe fundamental problem of particle dynamics is to determine theexternal forces that act on an object, then use them to find the position ofthe object as a function of time. In more detail, once we know the forces we add them to get the resultant force ~FR, which we put into Newton's second law in order to get the acceleration ~a. We can them find the final velocity by integrating the time-varying vector equation, inserting the initial velocity as an integration constant. We can repeat the integrationto find the time-varying position. If the resultant force is constant in timethese integrations produce ~v = ~v0 +~a t and ~s = ~v0 t+(1=2)~a t2. However,there is an important class of problems in physics in which the forceis not constant but varies as a function of the position of the particle.The gravitational force and the force exerted by a stretched spring areexamples.With the introduction of work, power, and energy, we have alternative methods for the solution of dynamics problems, methods that involve scalar equations rather than the vector equations required in the directapplication of Newton's laws.More important than the alternative methods themselves is the concept of energy and the conservation law associated with it. The principle of conservation of energy is universal: it holds in all cases if all energy iscarefully accounted for. It is true even for areas of physics where Newton's laws are not valid, as in the atomic-molecular-nuclear world. It is of major interest in an energy-conscious world.
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Transcripts - Kinetic Energy
WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGY
John S. Ross, Rollins College
1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
a. Meanings Associated with Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
b. Deﬁnition for Constant Eﬀective Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
c. Work Done by a Constant Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
d. Units of Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGY e. Illustration of the Work Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
f. Graphical Interpretation of Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3. Work Done by Variable Forces
a. Work During Inﬁnitesimal Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
b. One Dimensional Motion: An Integral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
c. Example: a Stretched Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
d. General Motion: A Line Integral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
a. Deﬁnition of Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
H b. Units of Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
5. Kinetic Energy
a. Deﬁnition of Kinetic Energy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
f b. The Energy Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
6. The Work-Kinetic Energy Relation
a. Derivation of the Relation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
b. Signiﬁcance of the Relation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
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“It’s love that makes the world go round.”
- Ancient Ditty
2a. Meanings Associated with Work. Ever since your childhood
you have heard and used the term “work.” Family members went to
“Energy makes the world go round. work. You were encouraged to work hard in school. You worked on your
ENERGY explains EVERYTHING.” car, or it was diﬃcult work riding a bike up the hill. All of us have an
- Modern Ditty to be intuitive feeling about what is meant by work. However, it is necessary
found in science books for the scientist/technologist to have a precise deﬁnition for meaningful
communication with other professionals.
WORK, POWER, KINETIC ENERGY
Technically, “work” is the amount of energy transferred into or out
by of a deﬁnite mechanical system through the action of a mechanical force
acting on that system along a ﬁnite trajectory. By conservation of energy,
John S. Ross, Rollins College work done on a system enhances its energy while work done by a system
depletes it. If we can calculate this energy, we can often use it to then
calculate what happens to various properties of the system.
2b. Deﬁnition for Constant Eﬀective Force. We start with the
The fundamental problem of particle dynamics is to determine the
special case where the eﬀective force acting on an object is constant:
external forces that act on an object, then use them to ﬁnd the position of
the object as a function of time. In more detail, once we know the forces
Work (for a constant eﬀective force): the product of the eﬀective
we add them to get the resultant force FR , which we put into Newton’s
force acting on an object times the path-wise displacement of the
second law in order to get the acceleration a. We can then ﬁnd the ﬁnal
point of application of the force.
velocity by integrating the time-varying vector equation, inserting the
initial velocity as an integration constant. We can repeat the integration
to ﬁnd the time-varying position. If the resultant force is constant in time By “eﬀective force” we mean the component of the force in the direction
these integrations produce v = v0 + a t and s = v0 t + (1/2)a t2 . However, of the displacement: it is that portion of the force that is eﬀective in doing
there is an important class of problems in physics in which the force work on the object. The “pathwise displacement” is the distance along
is not constant but varies as a function of the position of the particle. its path that the point of application of the force moves while the force is
The gravitational force and the force exerted by a stretched spring are being applied.
In Fig. 1, θ is the angle between the actual applied force F and
With the introduction of work, power, and energy, we have alterna- the horizontal displacement vector s (not shown). The eﬀective force
tive methods for the solution of dynamics problems, methods that involve is |F | cos θ = F cos θ. This implies that in order for work to be done:
scalar equations rather than the vector equations required in the direct (a) a force must act upon an object: (b) the point of application of the
application of Newton’s laws. force must move through a displacement; and (c) the force must not be
perpendicular to the displacement. Unless these conditions are fulﬁlled,
More important than the alternative methods themselves is the con-
no technical work has been done. Just thinking about this deﬁnition, or
cept of energy and the conservation law associated with it. The principle
holding this page to read it, is not scientiﬁc “work.” However, if you
of conservation of energy is universal: it holds in all cases if all energy is
take your pencil and copy the deﬁnition, you will be doing “work” in the
carefully accounted for. It is true even for areas of physics where New-
technical sense of the word.
ton’s laws are not valid, as in the atomic-molecular-nuclear world. It is
of major interest in an energy-conscious world. 2c. Work Done by a Constant Force. By our deﬁnition, the work
done by a constant force F that makes a constant angle θ with the direc-
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` ` F `
F f s
F cos q Figure 2. One-body force diagram for a pulled car (see
Figure 1. The eﬀective force for horizontal displacement.
tion of the displacement s (see Fig. 1) is:1 The name joule was chosen to honor James Joule (1816-1889), a British
scientist famous for his research on the concepts of heat and energy.
W = |F | cos θ |s| = F s cos θ . (1)
2e. Illustration of the Work Concept. An Example/Problem: A
We recognize that the right hand side of this equation has the same form
Toyota (mass equal to 1.0 × 103 kg) that had run out of gas was pulled
as the scalar (or dot) product of the two vectors F and s, so we can
down a level street by 3 people, each exerting 7.0 × 102 N of force on
express the work done as:
a rope inclined at 30.0◦ to the horizontal. The motion was at constant
velocity because of friction, mostly between the tires and the street. The
W = |F | |s| cos θ = F · s . (2)
people pulled the car for one block (150 meters) before becoming tired
Work is a scalar quantity, although the force and displacement involved and quitting.
in its deﬁnition are vector quantities.
Notice that we can write Eq. (1) either as (F cos θ) × s or as • How much work was done by the people?
F × (s cos θ). This suggests that the work can be calculated in two diﬀer-
ent ways: either we multiply the magnitude of the displacement by the
Fpeople = Fi = 3(700 N) = 2100 N
component of the force in the direction of the displacement or we multiply
the magnitude of the force by the component of the displacement in the
F · s = F (cos θ) s = (2100 N)(cos 30◦ )(150 m)
direction of the force. These two ways are entirely equivalent.
2.7 × 105 J.
= (2 digits of accuracy)
Work can be positive or negative since cos θ can take on positive or
negative values (−1 ≤ cos θ ≤ +1). If the force acts in the displacement
• How much work was done by the normal force N ?
direction, the work is positive. If the force acts in the opposite direction
to the displacement, the work is negative. For example, consider a person Since Fvertical = 0, then N = (mg − F sin θ) y .
lowering an object to the ﬂoor. In this case F points up and s points
Wnormal = N · s = 0, since N ⊥ s.
down. While lowering the object, negative work is done by the upward
force of the person’s hand.
• How much work was done by the gravitational force, Fg ?
2d. Units of Work. The units of work are products of units of force
The answer: Wgravity = F · s which is also zero, since Fg ⊥ s.
and units of distance. In SI units, work is expressed in joules, abbreviated
J. A joule is a newton-meter: one joule is the work done by a force of one These last two cases emphasize that, whenever θ = 90◦ , the work
newton when it moves a particle one meter in the same direction as the done will be zero.
force. Recalling that N = kg m/s2 we have that:
• Where did the energy go? We found that 2.7 × 105 joules of work
J = N m = kg m2 /s2 . were performed, by the people, on the car-earth system. This means
that the people lost, and the car-earth system gained, 2.7×105 joules
1 See “Vectors I: Products of Vectors” (MISN-0-2).
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(F cos q )
(F cos q )
Figure 3. The eﬀective force versus the displacement.
Figure 4. A variable force versus
of energy. What happened to that energy? Some might have gone displacement.
into energy of motion, kinetic energy of the car, but the car wound
up not having any motion. In fact, the energy went into heating the
3b. One Dimensional Motion: An Integral. As a ﬁrst stab at
pavement, the tires, the axles, the wheel bearings, the wheel bearing
integrating Eq. (3), let us investigate the situation where the force and
grease, and eventually the air surrounding these items as they cooled
the displacement are along the same line of action (say the x-axis) and
oﬀ. Finally, the atmosphere radiated some of the energy out into
the force is a known function of the position x. That is, F = F (x)ˆ where
space and it became lost to the earth.
F (x) is known. During a small displacement dx, so ds = dxˆ, the force
does an amount of work dW given by:
2f. Graphical Interpretation of Work. For a graphical interpreta-
tion of the work concept we plot the eﬀective force (F cos θ) versus the
dW = F · ds = F (x) dx .
displacement during the interval from the initial position si to the ﬁnal
position sf . The work done is (F cos θ)(s), the area under the curve shown
in Fig. 3.
To obtain the work over a ﬁnite interval we sum these inﬁnitesimal
contributions by integrating. As the force moves the particle from a to b
3. Work Done by Variable Forces the work varies from zero to its ﬁnal value:
3a. Work During Inﬁnitesimal Displacement. Let us now con- W b
dW = F (x) dx
sider the more usual case where the work is done by a force whose value
will depend on the position of the point of application. For a force that
is changing only in magnitude, we can represent the situation graphically
as in Fig. 4.
In order to ﬁnd the work done for some displacement, we imagine di-
viding the displacement into a very large number of inﬁnitesimal intervals.
The work done by a force F (s) during any one inﬁnitesimal displacement
ds is given by:
dW = F (s) · ds . (3)
a b Figure 5. The area under the curve
Displacement represents Work.
In order to obtain the total work done, which is a ﬁnite measurable
parameter, we must sum up (integrate) those (inﬁnitesimal) increments
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x Figure 7. The work done by a force
0 compressing a spring from 0 to x is the
area (1/2)kx2 under the “force versus
F = -kx F displacement” curve.
deformed). That is, if a “linear” spring is stretched or compressed a
distance x, it resists with a force F = −kx. Here the (−) sign indicates
slope = -k x>0
that the spring’s force is opposite to the direction of the displacement
` from equilibrium. We call this a “restoring” force since it tends to restore
the spring to its equilibrium position. The quantity k is called the “spring
constant”: it is a measure of the “stiﬀness” of the spring. By the way,
saying the spring is in its “equilibrium position” merely means that it is
neither compressed nor stretched.
Suppose one ﬁnds that a 36 N force compressed a particular spring
Figure 6. Force characteristics of a spring. (a) The spring by 6.0 cm. How much work is done by the force if it compresses the spring
force F as a function of its displacement x. (b) The spring by 5.0 cm? First, note that the value of the spring constant is:
in its equilibrium state. (c) The spring stretched by a dis-
F −36 N
placement x to the right and with a spring force F to the = 6.0 × 102 N/m .
−6.0 × 10−2 m
left. (d) The spring compressed with a displacement x to
the spring force F to the right. Then the work done by the compressing force is:
or W= FR · ds = (−kx) dx ,
Wa→b = F (x) dx . (4)
since F is parallel to ds and is in the same direction. Thus:
Graphically, the work is the area under the curve of F (x) versus x (see
Fig. 5). In order to calculate it we did not need to know the actual details
W = −k x dx = = 0.75 J .
of the motion, such as velocity as a function of time. Note that the 2
graphical representation illustrates that work requires a displacement (if
This transfer of energy depleted the energy of the system applying the
we are to have an area under the curve) and the notation Wa→b also serves
force and increased the (internal) energy of the spring.
to remind us of this fact. Work is not
We can arrive at the same result graphically by calculating the area
a function of a single position in space like F (x). Work at a point has no
under the “F versus x” curve. Since the area of a triangle is half its height
meaning; only over a displacement is it meaningful.
times its base, we have:
3c. Example: a Stretched Spring. As a helical spring is stretched or
compressed, away from its equilibrium position, the spring resists with a
(−kx)(−x) = kx2 .
force that is fairly accurately linear (unless it is poorly made or becomes 2 2
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ds ` A
` Figure 9. The total work is the sum over suc-
Fq ds cessive inﬁnitesimal displacements.
Figure 8. A force whose point of
application follows a curved path.
Equation (5) is the “line integral deﬁnition of work.” For each in-
crement of displacement ds along the path, the corresponding increment
3d. General Motion: A Line Integral. The force F doing work may
of work dW = F · ds is calculated and then these scalar quantities are
vary in direction as well as in magnitude, and the point of application may
simply summed to give the work along the total path.
move along a curved path. To compute the work done in this general case
we again divide the path up into a large number of small displacements We can obtain an equivalent general expression for Eq. (5) by ex-
ds, each pointing along the path in the direction of motion. At each point, pressing F and ds in scalar component form. With F = Fx x + Fy y + Fz z
ˆ ˆ ˆ
ds is in the direction of motion. and ds = dxˆ + dy y + dz z , the resulting work done in going from position
x ˆ ˆ
A = (xA , yA , zA ) to position B = (xB , yB , zB ) can be expressed as:
The amount of work done during a displacement ds is:
xf yf zf
dW = F (s) · ds = F (s)(cos θ) ds , Wi→f = Fx dx + Fy dy + Fz dz , (6)
xi yi zi
where F (s) cos θ is the component of the force along the tangent to the
where each integral must be evaluated along a projection of the path.
trajectory at ds. The total work done in moving from point si to point sf
is the sum of all the work done during successive inﬁnitesimal displace- Example: At Space Mountain in Disney World the space rocket ride is
ments: simulated by a cart which slides along a roller coaster track (see cover)
W = F1 · ds1 + F2 · ds2 + F3 · ds3 + . . . which we will consider to be frictionless. Starting at an initial position
#1 at height H above the ground, ﬁnd the work done on this rocket when
Replacing the sum over the line segments by an integral, the work is found
you ride it to the ﬁnal position f at the bottom of the track (see Fig. 10).
The forces that act on this “rocket” are: the force of gravity, Fg =
WA→B = F (s) · ds = F (s)(cos θ) ds , (5)
A A −mg y and the “normal” surface reaction force N . The total work done
where θ is a function of s, the position along the trajectory. This is the by the resultant force FR = Fg + N on the rocket between the two end
most general deﬁnition of the work done by a force F (s). We cannot points is:
evaluate this integral until we know how both F and θ vary from point
to point along the path.
Wi→f = FR · ds = (Fg + N ) · ds = Fg · ds + N · ds.
For any vector V which is a function of position, an integral of the
Since the surface force is always perpendicular to the path, it does
V · ds , no work. That is, N · ds = N cos φ ds = 0, since the angle between N
and ds is always 90◦ . This is true despite the fact that the angle between
along some path joining points i and f , is called “the line integral of V .” Fg and ds changes continuously as the rocket goes down the track.
Equation (5) is of this nature because it is evaluated along the actual path
in space followed by the particle as it moves from i to f .
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` For constant force or velocity, using Eq. (3) and v = ds/dt we get:
N P = Fconst · v ; P = F · vconst . (8)
ds ds The average power Pav during a time interval ∆t is:
Pav = .
If the power is constant in time, then Pconst = Pav and
f W = Pconst ∆t . (9)
Figure 10. Force diagram for rocket cart.
4b. Units of Power. According to the deﬁnition of power, its units
are units of work divided by units of time. In the MKS system, the unit
Now we can write ds = dx x + dy y so that:
of power is called a watt, abbreviated W, which is equivalent to a joule
per second. One watt is the power of a machine that does work at the
Wi→f = Fg · ds = (−mg y ) · (dxˆ + dy y )
ˆ x ˆ
rate of one joule every second. Recalling that J = m2 kg/s2 , we have
= − mg dy = −mg dy = mgH W = J/s = m2 kg/s3 .
The name watt was chosen in honor of the British engineer James Watt
Here we see that the line integral reduces to a simple summation of the
(1736-1819) who improved the steam engine with his inventions.
elements dy, which are the projections of ds on the constant direction Fg .
Work can be expressed in units of power × time. This is the origin
The answer, mgH, is an important one to remember. It is the energy
of the term kilowatt-hour (kWh). One kilowatt-hour is the work done in
of the earth-plus-rocket system that was transferred from gravitational
1 hour by an agent working at a constant rate of 1 kW (1000 W). Elec-
energy to mechanical energy. That answer holds for any earth-plus-object
tricity is sold “per kWh.”
Example: Under very intense physical activity the total power output
of the heart may be 15 unitwatts. How much work does the heart do in
one minute at this rate?
4a. Deﬁnition of Power. Let us now consider the time involved in
W = Pconst ∆t = (15 W) (60 s) = 900 J .
doing work. The same amount of work is done in raising a given body
through a given height whether it takes one second or one year to do so.
However, the rate at which work is done is often as interesting to us as
is the total work performed. When an engineer designs a machine it is
5. Kinetic Energy
usually the time rate at which the machine can do work that matters.
Instantaneous power is deﬁned as the time rate at which work is 5a. Deﬁnition of Kinetic Energy. A particle’s kinetic energy is
being done at some instant of time. That is, it is the limit, as the time deﬁned as the amount of energy a particle has, due solely to its velocity.
interval approaches zero, of the amount of work done during the interval Using Newton’s second law and the deﬁnition of total work, one can show
divided by the interval. Since this is the deﬁnition of the time derivative, that the kinetic energy, Ek , of a particle of mass m traveling at velocity
we have: v is:
KINETIC ENERGY = Ek = mv 2 .
P= . (7) (10)
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This is valid whenever Newtonian mechanics is valid. We can easily il- for a distance h. Therefore the work done by the gravitational force is:
lustrate this derivation for the special case of a resultant force, FR , that h h
acts on a particle of mass m along the direction of its displacement. For W= F · ds = (−mg y ) · (−dy y ) =
ˆ ˆ m g dy = m g h .
this case the total work done on the particle is: 0 0
Since this is the only work done on the particle, it is equal to the ﬁnal
WT,i→f = FR · ds = FR dx . (11) kinetic energy:
si xi 1
mgh = mv 2 .
Since the force, hence the acceleration, is along the direction of displace-
ment, we can use Eq. (11) and Newton’s second law2 to write: Solving for velocity:
v = 2gh ,
xf xf xf
Wi→f = m a dx = m dx = m dv which is the same result we obtain from kinematics for an object falling
xi xi xi
with constant acceleration g (a “freely-falling” object).
xf xf mvf 2
mvi Example: It is possible for a person with a mass of 7.0 × 101 kg to fall
= m v dv = m v dv = − .
2 2 to the ground from a height of 10.0 meters without sustaining an injury.
What is the kinetic energy of such a person just before hitting the ground?
Thus the work that went into accelerating the particle, from vi to vf ,
The velocity of the person is:
is exactly equal to the change in the kinetic energy for that particle.
Note that kinetic energy is a scalar quantity. It is, as we shall see, just
2(9.8 m/s2 )(10 m) = 14 m/s .
v= 2gh =
as signiﬁcant as the vector quantity, momentum, that is also a quantity
used to describe a particle in motion. Then the kinetic energy of the person is:
From its deﬁnition, kinetic energy has dimensions M L /T , either 1 1
mv 2 = (70 kg)(14 m/s)2 = 6.9 × 103 J .
mass multiplied by the square of speed, or, since it is equivalent to work
[as shown in Eq. (12)], force multiplied by distance. Thus, the kinetic
energy of a particle may be expressed in joules. It follows that a 2 kg 5b. The Energy Concept. Of all the concepts of physics, that of
particle moving at 1 m/s has a kinetic energy of 1 J. energy is perhaps the most far-reaching. Everyone, whether a scientist
or not, has an awareness of energy and what it means. Energy is what
The kinetic energy of a particle can be expressed in terms of the
we have to pay for in order to get things done. The work itself may
magnitude of its linear momentum, mv = p:
remain in the background, but we recognize that each gallon of gasoline,
(mv)2 p2 |p|2
1 each Btu of heating gas, each kilowatt-hour of electricity, each calorie of
mv 2 =
Ek = = = (13)
food value, represents, in one way or another, the wherewithal for doing
2 2m 2m 2m
something. We do not think in terms of paying for force, or acceleration,
or momentum. Energy is the universal currency that exists in apparently
Example: A particle of mass m starts from rest and falls a vertical
countless denominations, and physical processes represent a conversion
distance h. What is the work done on this particle and what is its ﬁnal
from one denomination to another.
The above remarks do not really deﬁne energy. No matter. It is worth
The particle experiences only a single constant force, F = −mg y , in
recalling the opinion of H. A. Kramers: “The most important and most
the downward direction. The displacement, ds = − dy y , is also downward
fruitful concepts are those to which it is impossible to attach a well-deﬁned
meaning.” The clue to the immense value of energy as a concept lies in its
2 See “Free-Body Force Diagrams, Frictional Forces, Newton’s Second Law” (MISN-
0-15). transformation. We often ﬁnd energy deﬁned in general as the ability to do
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work. A system possesses energy; it can do work. At any instant a system The evaluation of the integral in this last step can be easily seen if you
write v and dv in scalar component notation.3 In summary,
has a certain energy content. Part or all of this energy can be transformed
into the activity of work. Work is only an active measure of energy and
not a form of energy itself. Work is best regarded as a mode of transfer Wi→f = FR · ds = ∆Ek . (14)
of energy from one form to another. It is a medium of exchange. In this i
unit we are dealing with only one category of energy–the kinetic energy
Equation (14) is known as the Work-Kinetic Energy Relation and it is
associated with the motion of an object. If energy should be transferred
valid no matter what the nature of the force:
from this form into chemical energy, radiation, or the random molecular
and atomic motion we call heat, then from the standpoint of mechanics
The total work done on a particle (by the resultant force acting on
it is gone. This is a very important feature, because it means that, if we
it), between some starting point si and ending point sf , is the change
restrict our attention purely to mechanics, conservation of energy does not
in the particle’s kinetic energy between those two end points.
hold. Nevertheless, as we shall see, there are many physical situations in
which total mechanical energy is conserved, and in such contexts it is of
enormous value in the analysis of real problems. This relation applies quite apart from the particular path followed, so
long as the total work done on the particle is properly computed from the
6. The Work-Kinetic Energy Relation
6b. Signiﬁcance of the Relation. The work-kinetic energy relation
6a. Derivation of the Relation. Equation (12) shows that the work is not a new independent relationship of classical physics. We have derived
done on a particle, when the resultant force acting on the particle is in it directly from Newton’s second law, utilizing the deﬁnitions of work and
the direction of the displacement, is equal to the change in the particle’s kinetic energy. This relation is helpful in solving problems where the work
kinetic energy. For the more general case of a force that is not in the done by the resultant force is easily computed, or where we are interested
direction of motion, we can still derive this valuable relation between the in ﬁnding the speed of a particle at a particular position. However, we
work done and the change in kinetic energy. should recognize that the work-kinetic energy principle is the starting
point for formulating some sweeping generalizations in physics. We have
Write FR for the resultant force acting upon a particle of mass m,
stressed that this principle can be applied when ΣW is interpreted as
moving along a path between the two positions si and sf , then:
the work done by the resultant force acting on a particle. In many cases
dv however, it is more useful to compute separately the work done by each
Wi→f = FR · ds = ma · ds = m · ds
of certain types of forces which may be acting and to give these special
designations. This leads us to the identiﬁcation of diﬀerent types of en-
= m dv · =m dv · v . ergy, and the principle of the conservation of energy.4
Example: (a) How much work is required to stop a 1.0 × 103 kg car that
3 For additional discussion of the mathematical steps presented in this deriva-
tion see Newtonian Mechanics, A. P. French, W. W. Norton & Co. (1971), pp. 368-
2 72, or Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 1, Melissinos and Lobkowicz,
vf mvf 2
Wi→f = m dv · v = − = Ek,f − Ek,i = ∆Ek . W. B. Saunders Company (1975), p. 170.
2 2 4 See “Potential Energy, Conservative Forces, the Law of Conservation of Energy”
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is moving at a speed of 20.0 m/s?
1 1 PROBLEM SUPPLEMENT
Ek,f − Ek,i = 0 − mvi = 0 − (100 0 kg)(20 m/s)2
−2.0 × 105 J.
= Note: If you have trouble with a problem, see the activities in the Special
Assistance Supplement. If there is a help reference, it also is in the Special
The negative (−) sign indicates that there was a decrease in the kinetic
energy of the car; that is, work was done on the car by a braking force In all problems involving the calculation of work, you should start with
opposing its motion. the line-integral deﬁnition and show how it can be applied and simpliﬁed
for the particular situation.
(b) If this car requires 100 meters to come to rest, what is the total
resultant braking force acting on the car? Take g = 9.8 m/s2 , 1 HP = 550 ft lb/sec = 746 watts.
Problems 21, 22, and 23 also occur in this module’s Model Exam.
Wi→f = FR · ds = −f ds ,
1. A crate whose mass is 39 kg is dragged at constant speed across the
since the total resultant force can be represented by a single constant
ﬂoor for 9.0 meters by applying a force of 100.0 N at an upward angle
braking force f which directly opposes the motion. Thus:
of 35 degrees to the horizontal.
−2 × 105 J = −f (100 m) f = 2 × 103 N .
a. What is the work done by the applied force Answer: 5 Help: [S-1]
b. What is the coeﬃcient of friction between the crate and the ﬂoor?
Example: In a previous example we found that a stretched spring did
Answer: 14 Help: [S-1]
an amount of work kx2 /2 on an object when the spring returned to its
equilibrium position from a displacement x.
2. A constant force F = (5.0ˆ + 2.0ˆ + 2.0ˆ) N acts on an object dur-
x y z
ing the displacement ∆r = (10.0ˆ + 5.0ˆ − 6.0ˆ) m. Determine the
x y z
We can now use the Work-Kinetic Energy relation to easily ﬁnd the
net work done by this force during the displacement. Answer: 6
velocity of the block as it passes the equilibrium position:
Wi→f = ∆Ek
3. Determine the speed of a proton that has: kinetic energy = 8.0 ×
10−13 J and mass = 1.67 × 10−27 kg. Answer: 13 Help: [S-3]
= − .
2 2 2
Since it initially started from rest we ﬁnd: 4. What is the kinetic energy of a 5.0 kg object with a velocity: v =
(3.0 x + 5.0 y ) m/s? Answer: 3 Help: [S-4]
vf = x k/m .
5. An escalator in a department store joins two ﬂoors that are 5.0 meters
a. When a 51 kg woman rides up this escalator, how much work does
the motor do to lift her? Answer: 18 Help: [S-5]
Professor James Linneman made several helpful suggestions. Prepa-
b. How much power must the motor develop in order to carry
ration of this module was supported in part by the National Science Foun-
80 people between ﬂoors in one minute, if the average person’s
dation, Division of Science Education Development and Research, through
mass is 70.2 kg? Answer: 23 Help: [S-5]
Grant #SED 74-20088 to Michigan State University.
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6. What horsepower must be developed by the engine of a racing car 11. A 2.0 kg particle, currently at
when a forward thrust of 2.8 × 103 N moves it at a constant velocity the origin and having a veloc-
of 67.5 m/s (150 mph)? Answer: 2 Help: [S-6] ity of v = 3.0ˆ m/s, is acted
upon by the force shown in
7. A car with a mass of 1.2 × 103 kg is pulled at constant velocity up a the graph. 10
sloping street, inclined at a 31 degree angle from the horizontal, by a
a. Determine the work done,
truck having a tow cable attached at an angle of 41◦ to the street. The
both graphically and an- 6
coeﬃcient of friction between the car and the street is 0.30. What is
alytically, for a displace-
the minimum work the tow truck would have to do on the car to move
ment from x = 0.0 to x =
it 204 meters along the sloping street? Answer: 12 Help: [S-7] 2
5.0 meters. Answer: 16
8. A particle of mass m hangs from a string of Help: [S-11] 1 2 3 4 5
length as shown. A variable horizontal force Displacement(m)
b. What is the velocity of
F starts at zero and gradually increases, pulling
the particle when it is at
the particle up very slowly (equilibrium exists at f x = 5.0 m? Answer: 24
all times) until the string makes an angle φ with ` Help: [S-11]
the vertical. Calculate the work done by F to
raise m to this position. Answer: 1 Help: [S-8] m
12. A car whose mass is 1.8 × 103 kg has a safety bumper that can with-
stand a collision at 5.0 mph (2.25 m/s). Suppose the average retarding
force of the energy absorbing bumper mechanism is 5.0 × 104 N. How
much will the bumper be displaced if the car is going at 5.0 mph when
9. A particle is moving with a velocity v0 along the x-axis at time t0 .
it hits a tree? Answer: 17 Help: [S-13]
It is acted upon by a constant force in the x-direction until time t1 .
Show that: 13. An object is thrown with a velocity of 61 m/s vertically downward
∆(p2 ) from a height of 202 meters. What is its velocity when it hits the
(F · v) dt =
2m ground? Work this problem two ways–by the work-kinetic energy
relation and by the laws of linear motion. Answer: 9 Help: [S-14]
where ∆(p2 ) is the change in the square of its momentum. Help: [S-9]
14. A bullet pierces a 4.0 cm thick piece of metal armor plate with a
10. A ﬁeld goal kicker hits the ball at an angle of 42◦ with respect to
velocity of 708 m/s and leaves the other side with a velocity of 310 m/s.
the ground. The football, of mass 0.40 kg, sails through the air and
Determine the thickness of the metal plate that would be required to
hits the cross bar of the goal post 3.0 × 101 m away. If the cross
stop the bullet completely. Answer: 21 Help: [S-15]
bar is 3.0 meters above the ground, determine the work done by the
gravitational force over the ﬂight of the ball. Answer: 11 Help: [S-10] 15. A Mercedes-Benz 450SL is moving at 41 m/s (90 mph) when the
brakes become locked. How far will the car slide on:
a. dry pavement (µ = 0.90)? Answer: 22 Help: [S-16]
b. wet pavement (µ = 0.50)? Answer: 27 Help: [S-16]
c. icy pavement (µ = 0.10)? Answer: 8 Help: [S-16]
16. A girl in an archery class ﬁnds that the force required to pull the
bowstring back is directly proportional to the distance pulled. She
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ﬁnds that a force of 29 N is needed to pull the bow string back a relation to ﬁnd the velocity of the object when it’s at a point a
distance of 0.10 meter. If she pulls a 55 gram arrow back a distance distance D further up the incline. Answer: 31 ) Help: [S-21]
of 0.30 meters, b. If at this same starting point as in part (a) the object started with
the speed v0 directed down along the incline (same forces acting
a. what would be the velocity of the arrow if 81% of the work done
as before), use the work-kinetic energy relation to ﬁnd the velocity
was converted into kinetic energy? Answer: 20 Help: [S-17]
of the object when it’s at the point a distance D further up the
b. If she shoots the arrow straight up, how high will it go (neglect the incline. Answer: 33 Help: [S-21]
eﬀects of air resistance)? Answer: 26 Help: [S-17]
c. Explain the relation between your answers to parts (a) and (b).
c. If the arrow actually only goes 91% of the height in part (b), what What is the diﬀerence in the overall motion between the two cases?
is the average resistive force of the air? Answer: 29 Help: [S-17] Answer: 35 Help: [S-21]
17. A particle of mass 4.0 kg is acted on by the force:
21. The gravitational force on an object of mass m which is at or above
the surface of the earth, say at a total distance r from the center of
F = [(x + 2y)ˆ + (2y + 3xy)ˆ] N ,
the earth, has a magnitude K m/r 2 and is directed toward the center
of the earth. Here K is a constant equal to 3.99 × 1014 m3 /s2 . Hence
as the particle moves along a straight line path from the point (0,0)
to the point (2.0 m,2.0 m), that is along x = y. the force is not constant but diminishes the farther the object is from
the earth’s center.
a. Find the work done by the force. Answer: 19 Help: [S-18]
a. At the surface of the earth, recall from previous knowledge that
b. If the particle was at rest when it was at the coordinate origin,
this force is mg. With this knowledge of the force at the surface
what is its speed when it is at x = 2.0 m, y = 2.0 m? Answer: 7
of the earth and with K given above, determine the radius of the
earth. Answer: 32 Help: [S-22]
18. An airplane lands on an aircraft carrier, and is halted by the arresting
b. What is the minimum amount of work that you must do (energy
cable. The force equation for the cable is F = −kx2 x, where k =
you must expend) in order to move an object of mass m radially
1.20 × 102 N/m2 . For an initial plane velocity of 81 m/s and a plane
outward from the surface of the earth to a distance r from the
mass of 2.25 × 103 kg, determine how far the plane will travel after
center of the earth (r > Re )? Help: [S-22] (HINT: What’s the
being hooked. Answer: 15 Help: [S-19]
minimum force you must exert? That determines the minimum
work). Answer: 30 Help: [S-22]
19. What horsepower engine would be required if you wish to pull a 54 kg
woman water skier up from the water in 2.0 s with a ﬁnal velocity of c. From this result, calculate how much energy it takes to move a
13 m/s? The mass of the boat plus driver is 206 kg and that of the person of mass 65 kilograms from the surface of the earth to an
engine is 45.0 kg. During this period the average drag energy of the inﬁnite distance away (disregard gravity forces other than from
skier and boat is 5.0 × 104 J. Answer: 6 Help: [S-20] the earth). Answer: 36 Help: [S-22]
20. A constant horizontal force F pushes 22. Suppose a car engine is delivering 1.60 × 102 hp at a continuous rate,
an object of mass M up a frictionless M keeping the car at 25 m/s (56 mph). Determine the force the engine
incline which makes an angle θ with is overcoming. Answer: 34 Help: [S-23]
a. Starting with the object midway up the incline, moving the speed
of v0 directed up along the incline, use the work-kinetic energy
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26. 2.0 × 101 m
27. 0.17 km
29. 5.3 × 10−2 N
1. mg (1 − cos φ)
2. 253 hp 30. Km −.
3. 85 J
4. 48 J 31. (F cos θ − M g sin θ) + v0 .
5. 7.4 × 102 J
32. 6.38 × 106 m
6. 51 hp.
33. Same answer as (BM).
7. 3.0 m/s
34. 1.1 × 103 lb
8. 8.6 × 10 m
35. In the second case the object moves down, slowing, stops, turns
around and when it gets to original point it has v0 upward speed,
9. 88 m/s
and so on up to point distance D upward.
11. −11.8 J
36. 4.06 × 109 J.
12. 1.47 × 106 J
13. 3.1 × 107 m/s
14. [F cos θ/(mg − F sin θ)] = 0.25
15. 57 m
16. 25 J
17. 9.1 × 10−2 m
18. 2.5 × 103 J
19. 18 J
20. 2.0 × 101 m/s
21. 4.9 × 10−2 m
22. 95 m
23. 4.6 × 103 Wor6.1 hp
24. 5.8 x m/s
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b. Symbol Recognition: write out in words the meaning of each of the
SPECIAL ASSISTANCE SUPPLEMENT
(a) WA→B (d) ds (g) ∆Ek
PURPOSE. If you have trouble with the Problem Supplement, carry (b) WT (e) Ek (h) Pav
out the activities in this Supplement. (c) FR (f) dW (i) F (s)
c. Describe under what conditions each of the following is a valid expres-
2. Understanding the Deﬁnitions sion for A F (s) · ds:
3. Advice and Problems With Hints Available
(a) = F · s (d) = F cos θ ds
(b) = F s (e) = F cos θ ds
4. Answers for the Assistance Supplement
(c) = F ds
5. Hints for the Problem and Assistance Supplements
Sect. 1. Introduction. We apply these general relationships:
d. Indicate whether each of the following expressions is either correctly
or incorrectly written:
WA→B = F · ds = ∆Ek
(a) dW = F cos θ ds (f) W = F ds
and (b) W = F s (g) W = F s
P= = F · v. (c) dW = F · ds (h) F · ds = F · s
(d) dW = F · s (i) W = P dt
You should fully understand those relationships so you can recognize their
(e) W = F ds (j) P = F v
applications to special cases.
Sect. 2. Understanding the Deﬁnitions. Answer: 52
e. How is it possible for an object which is moving to have: ds = 0?
a. Complete the following table, which summarizes the basic characteris-
tics of the quantities in the ﬁrst column:
f. State the three cases for which: W = F · ds = 0. Answer: 54
Vector Possible SI SI Unit in
g. Show that: (Fx x + Fy y + Fz z ) · (dxˆ + dy y + dz z ) reduces to Fx dx +
ˆ ˆ ˆ x ˆ ˆ
or Sign Unit Symbol MKS
Fy dy + Fz dz. Answer: 55
Scalar +, 0, or −
h. A 90 kg ice hockey player skating during warmup has a kinetic energy
of 400 J. (a) If during the game he skates at three times his warmup
speed what is his new kinetic energy? (b) If during the game he collides
with another player, of the same mass, velocity, and slide along the ice
together, what is their combined kinetic energy? Answer: 56
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i. Compute the average kinetic energy of a 70 kg sprinter who covers (b) What power must be provided to move a 10 kg block horizontally
on a surface with friction, if a force of 1.0 × 102 N gives it a constant
100 m in 9.8 seconds. Answer: 57
velocity of 2.0 × 101 m/s? Answer: 64
j. When we are moving at a constant velocity what can we say about
∆Ek ? Answer: 58 s. Why is the deﬁnition of work a valuable concept? Answer: 65
k. If an object with forces acting on it is moving with a velocity v and t. Why is the work-energy principle a useful relationship? Answer: 66
∆Ek = 0, then why does W = F · ds = 0? Answer: 59
Sect. 3. Advice and Problems With Hints Available.
l. What do we mean by: (a) “+” work? (b) “−” work? (c) “+” power?
(d) “−” power? Answer: 60 In working out the solution to a problem:
m. Why is kinetic energy either 0 or + (that is, it is never negative)?
a. List the properties or data given.
b. Clearly indicate which quantities are to be found.
n. Calculate both analytically and graphically the work done by the force
shown below in moving a particle from x = 0 to x = 6 meters.
c. Determine which conceptual relationship(s) is to be applied.
d. Simplify the general relationship for the speciﬁc case.
Attempt to work these problems without assistance before consulting the
2 answers or hints provided in Sections 5 and 6.
2 4 6 1. An object which has a mass of 20 kg sits on a horizontal
Displacement(m) surface. It is found that the frictional force between the
object and the surface when the object moves across the
surface is a constant 15 N. Suppose that you move this
o. If a force F = (2x + 3x3 )ˆ N acts on an object, what is the work done
x object with a horizontal force a distance of 50 m at a
by this force for a displacement from x = 2 to x = 5 meters? Answer: constant speed of 3 m/s.
How much work is done by the resultant of all the forces acting on this
p. Starting with W = F · ds, derive the expression: object? How much work do you do? Answer: 39
t2 2. A quarterback throws a long pass and the football ( mass = 4.0 ×
W= P dt. 102 gm) leaves his hand at an angle of 4.0×101 degrees to the horizontal
ground. The ball hits the tight end, who lets it slip through his hands
so that it falls to the ground.
q. Show that: v · dv = (v − vi ).
a. What was the work done on the ball during the ﬁrst 0.10 m of travel
just after it left the quarterback’s hand? This displacement may be
Hint – write the vectors in component form.
considered inﬁnitesimal compared to the total trajectory. Answer:
r. (a) What power is developed by a 70 kg man when climbing, in 43
20 seconds, a ﬂight of stairs that rises 12 meters?